New apartments need city change

The owner of 253 Bradbrooke Drive, across the street from the hospital is seeking a bylaw amendment to facilitate development of the currently empty lot.

“The owner is proposing to construct a three storey apartment building (24 units) with main floor commercial spaces primarily focusing on health services, however the property is currently zoned R-3 Medium Density Residential and this combined residential/commercial use is not permitted,” explained Carleen Koroluk, Land Use Planner with the City at the regular meeting of Yorkton Council Monday.

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“Records show that the vacant land was originally zoned C-4 Neighbourhood Commercial which only permits apartments with main floor commercial uses.  In 2012, at the request of a developer, the property was rezoned to Medium Density Residential to accommodate a proposed future subdivision and apartment.

“However, the proposal did not come to fruition.”

The new owner proposes to construct an apartment building with main floor commercial units, which, as stated earlier, is a permitted use in the C-4 Neighbourhood Commercial zone.

The property is currently vacant and the owner has provided a preliminary site plan reflecting new construction of a suitable building.

“At this time, the main floor commercial spaces being considered by the developer are potential health related services and a potential coffee shop,” said Koroluk.

The site has been vacant for several years and the developer has submitted plans that have the potential to enhance the overall area by adding not only residential, but low impact commercial uses as well.

Council was unanimous in passing the first reading of the bylaw amendment. It will now be referred to the Planning and Infrastructure Commission for its input.

Administration will also carry out public notice in accordance with The Planning and Development Act, 2007 and the City’s Public Notice Policy. Notice will include advertisement in the local paper, at City Hall and on the City website, and a direct mail out to property owners within 75m (250 ft.) of the proposed development.

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